Jurist panel says Central America director's house ransacked

The International Commission of Jurists says its Central America director's home in Guatemala has been ransacked by armed men.

The Geneva-based commission said that around a dozen men raided Ramon Cadena's home in Guatemala City on Monday as he attended a workshop elsewhere in the country. It condemned the incident, which the commission's secretary general, Wilder Tayler, said Tuesday "is most likely linked to his activities as a human-rights lawyer."

Tayler said in a statement that Guatemalan authorities must "combat the increasing threats and growing insecurity faced by human rights defenders in the country."

The Geneva-based commission, which promotes the rule of law around the world, is made up of up to 60 eminent jurists.